The possibility of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson running for president has sparked an avalanche of interest, coverage and commentary in the media and blogosphere and ElephantBiz will try to bring you a good sampling of such most days from now until Thompson either declares his candidacy or demurs.
In today's Festival of Fred, Dallas Morning News columnist Mark Davis, also a radio talker on Dallas' News/Talk WBAP-AM and the nationwide ABC Radio Network, says he is unconvinced that Thompson will actually run.
Rush Limbaugh discusses why the media tends to describe Thompson mainly as an "actor" rather than highlight his experience as a senator, attorney and prosecutor.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Thompson may be house-hunting in Tennessee soon. A second story in the same paper quotes a University of Tennessee poli-sci prof saying Thompson shouldn't wait too long to jump into the race if he plans to run.
Eric Scheie, who blogs at Classical Values, says he's glad that Thompson isn't "driven" to be president." "What appears to be an absence of drive might indicate the presence of something much more important and in generally short supply: political wisdom."
A.C. Kleinheider at VolunteerVoters.com, considers Thompson's political liabilities and still thinks he'll win if he runs: "I just don't think anyone is capable of outselling Fred."